Don't let your ride outlast your shorts.
While the pros may be used to spending four to six hours in the
saddle every day, those of us who are self-sponsored only occasionally
get that kind of luxurious time on the bike. That's why, when we do, we
find kit like Castelli's Velocissima Bib Shorts absolutely
indispensable. The Velocissima shorts bring a level of comfort over long
miles not found in our shorts designed for the usual one-to-three hour
spins that we can work into our schedule. When we have the time for long
rides, we want to enjoy them to the fullest.
The Velocissima's main fabric, Endurance Evolution, is the heart of
the shorts' straightforward functionality. This is the same material
used in Castelli's long-distance men's shorts, the Endurances, and it
provides the same compressive support and effective moisture management.
Staying dry is a nice benefit on a long ride, but the shorts' real
strength is the compression, which reduces the fatiguing effects of road
noise and muscle oscillation so your legs stay fresh beyond the 60, 80,
or 100 mile mark. The Velocissima shorts are also finished off with the
same Giro 3 leg grippers as the Endurances, which omit the pinching
elastic more commonly used in favor of a wide, gripping band.
One advantage the Velocissima Bib Shorts enjoy over their
men-specific counterparts is the waist paneling, which eliminates
uncomfortable stitching and elastic to lie flat, avoid pinching, and
maintain fit. The waist feeds in to mesh straps, which are lightweight
and airy for a barely there feel that keeps everything in place. And by
"everything," we of course mean the KISS Air Donna chamois, which shares
the women's-specific design with padding and relief strategically
laid-out to accommodate women's anatomy. The shorts are finished with
reflective elements to help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
- KISS4 chamois
- Giro3 leg grippers
- Endurance Evolution fabric
- Mesh straps